Mommy Stress? You are not alone. Seventy percent of U.S. moms say mothering is “amazingly stressful.” And 96% also feel that we are a lot more worried than our mothers were.
So what is triggering Mommy Angst, circa 2012? (How much time have you got?) It is everything from financial uncertainties, a more intense parenting style, and higher expectations for our children’s achievement to a lack of support, time famine, connection needs, and concern that the world is more difficult for child-raising.
But more important than the origin is how unchecked stress can affect our health and our family’s well-being. Chronically stressed mothers tend to be insensitive to kids. Studies reveal that a parent’s capacity to handle stress is a powerful predictor of the quality of her relationship with her kids and how happy her kids are.